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October 27, 2011

GOP Candidates Spar Over Ohio Collective-Bargaining Law

Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman accuse fellow GOP White House contender Mitt Romney of offering weak support in the repeal battle over Ohio's new law to limit collective-bargaining powers for teachers and other public employees.

October 25, 2011

Ideas for Cutting Teacher Pension Costs for States, Charters

A new report attempts to offer models for states and charter schools to lower the costs of their teacher pension programs, despite the restrictions many charters face in that area.

October 18, 2011

Alabama Lawmakers Look to Limit Teacher Pension Costs

Alabama is looking to join the list of states that have moved to reduce pension costs for teachers and other employees, the Republican speaker of the House says.

October 10, 2011

Another GOP vs. Teachers' Union Battle Emerges, in Michigan

GOP lawmakers introduce a measure that would forbid school contracts that require teachers to pay union fees, which appears to target the Michigan Education Association.

October 07, 2011

State Ed Advocacy Group, 50CAN, Looks to Expand

A school advocacy group, 50CAN, wants to expand nationally; the organization is one of several education interest groups that are playing an aggressive role in shaping state policy.

October 03, 2011

A Bitter Fight Over Vouchers in Oklahoma

The chief of staff for Oklahoma's department of education calls school administrators suing to block a voucher program "dirtbags" in a tweet sent out last month.

September 22, 2011

States Act on Pensions in 2011, and Teachers Pay More

At least 27 states made changes to state pension systems this year, and about 15 of them are asking public employees to pay more, measures that will affect teachers.

September 22, 2011

Idaho Says No to Next Round of Race to Top

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna and Gov. C.L. Otter oppose having the state apply for Race to the Top early learning funds, citing concerns that it will force the state to swallow long-term costs.

September 21, 2011

The Re-Emergence of Open Enrollment

Michigan is considering a major "open enrollment" effort, which would seek to expand public school choice in a state where private school choice has failed to take hold.

September 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Survey Shows Schools Layoffs, Spending of Reserves

Pennsylvania school districts are cutting thousands of jobs, a survey finds, with state officials saying districts have been hurt by the loss of federal stimulus funds.

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